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Libyan shorba- Soup

When we lived in Seattle many years ago, I had friends from Syria, Jordan, Egypt, Libya and numerous other countries.  I ate at their homes for dinner parties and breaking fast in Ramadan. I observed the traditions and tried to be a gracious guest, eating what they served and taking in the amazing flavors. Many times I asked for a recipe and a cooking lesson would follow! Soup is something that most people make for breaking fast. This soup was served at several Iftar (Ramadan dinners). I don’t know it’s name except shorba which means “soup”. This is the recipe, I hope you enjoy it!

Ingredients

1/2 pound stew beef cut into little pieces

1 small can tomato paste

1 can garbanzo beans-chick peas

1/2 cup orzo noodles

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1 tsp. dry mint

1 tsp. dry parsley

1 tsp. cumin, 1/2 tsp. cinnamon

salt to taste

pepper- amount desired, I put just a dash

1 onion chopped small

3 garlic cloves sliced

15 cups water

Directions

Put a few spoons of olive oil in a large pan and add onion and garlic, saute.

Add beef and water, bring to a boil.

Lower heat and cover, let soup continue to low boil until meat is done.

Add tomato paste and mix in well. Add salt, cumin, cinnamon and pepper.

Continue simmering, add garbanzo beans to soup.

Let this simmer to get the flavors mixed.

Add the orzo and let this cook until done, add parsley and mix in.

When soup is done, turn heat off and sprinkle mint on top.

Let set a few minutes to get this beautiful mint flavor infused into the soup.

Soup is usually eaten with bread, and sprinkled with a little

fresh lemon juice.

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66 Comments Post a comment
  1. Looks delicious. 🙂

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    September 30, 2015
  2. This sounds interesting and delicious with lemon juice and bread. Perfect for this season. Mm…

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    September 30, 2015
  3. I can certainly see how this a fav of your Lynz!!!

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    September 30, 2015
  4. What an interesting recipe. I can’t wait for cooler weather to try it.

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    September 30, 2015
  5. This looks delicious! 🙂

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    September 30, 2015
  6. Oh wow! Those beautiful herbs and spices …. 🙂

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    September 30, 2015
    • I did not grow up using spices so it was all a new world for me lol

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      September 30, 2015
      • And must have been a world of the most intoxicating discovery 🙂

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        September 30, 2015
        • It was! Ok on your blog, where do I find the latest post? Sorry to be so technology not great ha ha!

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          September 30, 2015
          • Ummm …. I think you either go to the first one on the slide bar OR you go to the date column or their U.S. A thing on the right that says latest posts and that would be it. Erratic so nothing since the weekend 😉

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            September 30, 2015
          • oh ok side column! don’t want to miss anything! ok thanks!!!

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            September 30, 2015
  7. Soup and bread…my all time favorite, both to cook and eat ! ☺ Looks great, thanks, Lynn ❤️

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    September 30, 2015
  8. This soup looks delicious Lynz 😀

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    September 30, 2015
  9. Mmmm! Love the addition of mint!!

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    September 30, 2015
  10. Thanks for a new soup to try this Fall 🙂

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    September 30, 2015
  11. omtatjuan3 #

    On a cold day that would hit the spot…

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    September 30, 2015
  12. Looks yummy Lynn! Today’s must be a good day for soup! (I posted a Butternut Squash Bisque and just finished cooking a Sopa de Carne!) Love it 🙂 🙂

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    September 30, 2015
  13. You look like quite the cook! Can I ask for some lovely vegetarian dishes that you might know? I’m not that inventive in the kitchen…

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    September 30, 2015
  14. I wish recipes came with cooking lessons around me!

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    September 30, 2015
  15. kushigalu #

    Looks so flavorful and delicious !

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    September 30, 2015
  16. What a yummy and comforting looking soup! I love orzo in any soup, and the pairing with garbanzo beans is so neat 🙂

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    September 30, 2015
  17. Love this soup Lynz!

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    September 30, 2015
  18. I think I could eat (or drink) a bowl of that gorgeous-looking soup right now – and I’m just off to bed. Just looking at that picture is making me feel hungry. Lovely recipe. 🙂

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    September 30, 2015
  19. I need some soup right now. I’ll try to make a gluten free version of that later. You make everything look so doable, Lynn. x

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    September 30, 2015
  20. Prefect for the weather

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    September 30, 2015
  21. Love the beautiful color Lynn 🙂 I have only had Tomato Shorba so far 🙂

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    October 1, 2015
  22. Middle eastern food is versatile and delicious =)

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    October 1, 2015
  23. Sitting around a table, sharing food, stories, and friendship is one of the best (and most delicious!) ways to begin to understand another culture. We all have to eat!

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    October 1, 2015
  24. These flavors sound like they will be wonderful together. This one will be going into my recipe files!

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    October 1, 2015
  25. Yummy soup !

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    October 1, 2015
  26. Vajeea #

    yum yum! I love shorba!

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    October 2, 2015
  27. MMMM! I am really very hungry right now. Maybe it’s not a good time to go through your recipes lol They are all so mouth-watering. Chickpeas…yum!

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    October 2, 2015
  28. Great fall recipe! This one’s going on my list.

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    October 3, 2015

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